Over the years here in Unity, numerous valuable volunteers and staff have planted over two hundred shade and fruit trees, established half a dozen perennial gardens, and helped create an educational landscape that highlights sustainable agricultural practices for our region. Some of our most recent projects are a large kitchen herb garden that utilizes permaculture design concepts, extensive cover cropping plots that highlight the uses and benefits of numerous cover crops, and a new walk-in tunnel, donated by Johnny's Selected Seeds, to demonstrate season extension techniques. Our groundwork is set, and we continue to move forward with new landscaping ideas and educational opportunities for all visitors to our Common Ground Education Center.
MOFGA's Landscape Committee has played a key role in the creation of our beautiful grounds and continues working to maintain and improve the landscape. Our Landscape Volunteers have been the backbone for the establishment and maintenance of our perennial gardens, orchards, and other plantings. Our Landscape Committee meets regularly during the growing season and about once a month during the winter. The Committee works to prioritize projects for the year, outline new projects and ideas for future years, and coordinate its activities with other committees and MOFGA's staff to provide a quality experience for all our members and visitors.
Our Landscape Volunteers' commitment and enthusiasm led to the creation of our Landscape Coordinator position in 2005. MOFGA's Landscape Coordinator is responsible for maintaining our gardens and plantings, researching and proposing new landscape ideas, and working closely with the Landscape Committee to assess and evaluate our current progress and future plans. Our Landscape Coordinator and Landscape Committee appreciate feedback from members and visitors, and Committee meetings are open to all interested.
MOFGA's Dedicated Tree Program helps supports the ongoing landscape activities.